The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap the fleeting prey in your little box.
Henri Cartier-Bresson

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Photo #365

We're leaving Bufo where he belongs

Our dear friend Keith Jellum made this sculpture
years ago for us and we have loved having Bufo in our garden.
We will miss seeing him turning in the wind but recognize
that Bufo should remain here as the garden sentinel.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Photo #364

We're off to Powells Bookstore today....
Clearing out and packing only the books
we really really want to take with us!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Photo #360

I haven't posted any photos of Lucy for quite some time.
Well, here she is all tuckered out from Christmas!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Photo # 359

Merry Christmas Apple Pie
Evidently when my son Paul was little he always asked
for Apple pie because he hated Pumpkin pie.
Obviously my mother ears weren't working too well as I
always made Pumpkin pie.
Until a few years ago when I was told of my grievous error.
So now every Christmas I make darn sure there's an Apple pie!
Today I made a simpler version of Apple Pie as opposed to
the more complicated Dutch Apple Pie.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Photo #358

Enjoying My Early Christmas Eve Morning
Everything's done...
Gift shopping....check
Gifts wrapped...check
Grocery shopping...check
Desserts made...check
Looking forward to time with my family.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Everyone!
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Friday, December 23, 2011

Photo #357

Running out of ideas for gifts?
Go to your neighborhood used and new bookstore!!!
I can always find the perfect gift !
Here's just one of many in Portland:
Wallace Books

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Photo #356

Our good friend Mary and her two girls
Mary and Jarrod have two of the nicest kids...
Happy and even tempered. Really nice to see.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Photo #355

Happy Winter Solstice!
Tomorrow our days will slowly begin to lengthen...
This photo was taken at 7:14 am PST
I am looking forward to lighter and longer days.
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Photo #354

Our Chickens Have a New Home
We are in the process of packing up our home
and will be moving mid-February to the Mt Shasta
area of California. We knew we wouldn't be able
to move our chickens there so a few days ago we
took our chickies to their new home just a few
blocks away. Here's a photo of Blondie and Moochie.
They are now living with two other chickens and they
all seem to be getting along. We will miss them and
it feels quite sad and odd not to look out the window
and see them pecking around our backyard.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Photo #353

One is never too old to play with trains....

A few nights ago we helped Tom and Steve set up their tree

I helped string the lights on the tree and Russell

helped set up the train that goes around the tree.

Their house is always so festive during the holidays.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Photo #352

Local eggs taste so much better!
Our neighborhood grocery store carries these eggs.
Besides being delicious they are packed with humor!

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Friday, December 16, 2011

PHOTO #351

Festive Holiday Toes
I cannot help it! I must be decorated!
Happy Holidays!

Photo #350

Only the Dregs Are Left!
Since we only have 15 days left to this year
I thought I'd post this photo of the last drops in my beer mug
from last weeks Amnesia Brewings Winter Ale Festival.
This brew pub is one of our all time favorites!
Great ales, tasty bites and friendly staff!
Cheers to all and have a Happy Holiday!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Photo #349

Russell's Telephone Collection

Lordy-since we are moving to a much smaller
house we need to get rid of extraneous stuff
and here's just one example........of many...
One ringy dingy.........

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Photo #348 x 4

Our friend Dave took these photos a few days ago-here's what he had to say:
"This little guy flew into a window while being chased by another Anna's hummingbird. He was stunned. and I was worried that his wing was broken, as it was askew when I picked it up. But after about five minutes of holding it, he recovered and zoomed away when a rival hummingbird went on the attack again."

Thanks Dave for sharing these great photos!

Photo #347

I don't think I have shared this long ago
Christmas Card taken when Grace was only 10.
She and I trundled all 3 cats to a photo studio
The photographer was a pro at getting
the cats to finally behave.
(after Mr Cat pooped in a corner and
Larry bopped Grace in the head)
Grace is holding Mr Cat, I have Mini-Mouth
and Larry is in the basket.
Years later Grace sent this image in to be included
in the book "Awkward Family Photos". Since then there
has been a bit of notoriety sort of like
Andy Warhols "15 Minutes of Fame"
We've even been spoofed on "Access Hollywood"

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Photo #340 and 340.5

Stripped Down Chairs Seen in Upholstery Workshop
Russell and I came here to choose fabric for our old couch
that desperately needs rebuilding and recovering.
It will be ready before Christmas. Yay!
Here's another photo-just closer up....

Which image do you prefer?

Monday, December 5, 2011

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Photo #338 and 338.5

The Annual Ross Griffin Christmas Gift Exchange Party

Every year we all get together to catch up, laugh and
admire each others hand made gifts. Here's a photo of the gifts and then
a photo of all of us happy women! I so enjoy this annual event!
and of course it's all Ross Griffins fault-she started it!
I think it's been at least 20 years...thanks Ross!